The CDC NPIN Featured Partner resource offers prevention-focused organizations a platform to showcase their services, programs, and materials. Our goal is to highlight the work of CDC's prevention partners and encourage partners to connect with each other to share information and strategies. Organizations are nominated each month by their peers and featured as the highlighted partner for the month.
AID Atlanta was founded in 1982 as a “grassroots” response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Atlanta community. AID Atlanta quickly began expanding to offer a broader range of services and now has 99 employees, 83 percent of whom provide direct HIV services. The organization's work focuses on the Department of Client Services, the Department of Education and Volunteer Services, HIV testing and counseling, and the Joye Bradley Health Services Unit.
The Testing and Counseling Program conducted more than 4,000 HIV tests in 2007, with a positive result rate of 3–4 percent, demonstrating the ability to reach those most in need of services. All HIV tests are conducted using OraQuick Advance, allowing almost immediate delivery of test results, and all newly diagnosed positive clients are provided information and referrals for obtaining appropriate care and assistance to begin understanding and managing their illness.
AID Atlanta's client population is representative of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Atlanta. The majority of those served by the agency are African American (75%); 18 percent are white, 6 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent other. Men account for 78 percent of those served; 20 percent are female, and 1 percent is transgendered. Fifty-five percent of clients are ages 25–44, 40 percent are ages 45–64, and 4 percent are ages 13–24. Approximately 69 percent of clients are males who report sex with another male as mode of HIV transmission, 24 percent report heterosexual contact, and 6 percent reported injection drug use. Most (99.99%) clients are at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level; 70 percent are at or below the federal poverty level. Forty-seven percent of those served have no public or private health insurance.
Underprivileged children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS have few, if any, opportunities to experience the world outside of the illness that surrounds them. Many of their experiences often revolve around the illness and the destruction that HIV/AIDS can have on poor families. AID Atlanta noticed that while many AIDS service organizations respond to the needs of adults infected with HIV, the needs of their children are often lost under the complexities of the family's struggle. In an effort to improve treatment outcomes as well as introduce normalcy to the lives of these children, AID Atlanta initiated its pediatric program to allow kids to be kids. The Pediatric Respite Program assists those families most in need of these services. Anecdotal evidence indicates that program services have increased HIV treatment adherence and outcomes.
The program's activities provide a venue for children and their families to positively interact and commune with one another outside of the context of doctor visits and HIV treatment. Supported by private funds, AID Atlanta hosts four recreational respite activities each year:
- A holiday party, with gifts for 200 children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
- A camp program, exposing 25 children to educational, fun, and tactile experiences outside of their usual urban setting
- A back-to-school party, which provides backpacks and necessary school supplies for 200 children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
- One recreational outing for 100 children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
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